October 31, 2014 § Leave a comment
Alex always looks perfectly put together. His hair always has that nicely executed curl or coif. Fitting, too, since he is the visual merchandiser for a popular fashion chain. Even more, though, Alex will always share a slice of cake with me. After a long shift I know I can count on him to point out some good shoes and dig into a three-tiered slice of carrot cranberry cake.
NAME – Alex AGE – 25 OCCUPATION – Visual Merchandiser & Service Industry
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
For breakfast: hazelnut coffee, french toast with blueberries and maple syrup.
For lunch: eel and tuna sushi.
For dinner: stuffed artichokes.
Favorite cities for food? Gainesville honestly. A lot of diversity.
Favorite splurges? Sushi.
What catches your eye on a menu? Fish entrées.
What’s always in your fridge? Vanilla almond milk.
Describe your personal style. An everyday style with an edgy push. Black and white as focal colors.
Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly? Dark button ups with subtle prints, scoop neck shirts and hooded vests.
What is your most recent purchase? Scoop neck tees from ASOS.
Style icon(s)? The company Stheart.
5 things you can’t live without.
- My motorcycle
October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Julie has a magical, raspy sound that comes out when she talks and sings. I heard about her before I knew her. I saw her on low fidelity internet videos before I saw her in the flesh. When I finally did get the introduction, I thought she was even better than I had hoped.
My mind’s best memory of her is when she is sporting giant, gold-hooped earrings and her perfectly shredded tee. Wonderfully delightful, she has got a magnificent laugh.
So learn about this guitar-playing, swell-singing, weeknight deejaying, weekend bar-tending, higher education-seeking lady.
NAME – Julie AGE – 32 OCCUPATION – Grad student
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? An everything bagel with olive tofu cream cheese, big salad with lots of fruit, watermelon chunks, some kind of non-dairy ice cream and lots of iced coffee.
Favorite splurge? If, in regards to food, I splurge on vegan baked goods. The carrot cookie creme sandwich thing from Karma Cream is ridiculously good. If we aren’t talking food, and just talking life, I like to splurge on trips out of town.
What catches your eye on a menu? Savory tofu and/or cashew dishes.
What’s always in your fridge? A block of tofu and Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce.
Describe your personal style. A hot mess.
Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly? Big earrings and a pair of Hush Puppies I bought for $3, that are rapidly disintegrating.
What is your most recent purchase? A couple silk blouses from a thrift store in Richmond, Va. that I will probably never wear.
Style icon(s)? It is my goal to dress something like 1990s Lauryn Hill and Kim Gordon, with a little Souixie Souix. However, I’m pretty sure I usually looking like Kurt Cobain in his frumpy grandpa phase
5 things you can’t live without.
- The aforementioned big earrings.
- Hush Puppy booties.
- My disgusting gray t shirt that is also rapidly falling apart.
- Black jeans.
- Silkie blousies.
October 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Blue hair or golden hair, long flowing dresses or hot pink Doctor Martens, Shara is exciting to see. This wunkerkind knows her stuff about singing and performing, too. Oh yes, she also skateboards and bakes delicious treats. Basically, Shara has got a lot going on and I was curious to how she would pick her favorite clothing and food.
NAME – Shara Lunon AGE – 25 OCCUPATION – Musician and server
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? Ideally, I’d like to start off with a smoothie; greens and fruits mixed together. Plus, an extra large cup of joe.
For lunch, perhaps something with carbs, like a sandwich (like the B.R.A.T. from Daily Green) with a big old salad on the side. (B.R.A.T. = Bacon, radicchio, arugula and heirloom tomatoes with hand-raised bacon lime mayo on country loaf.)
For dinner, I usually go for curry or stir fry; something heavy in veggies and a bit of protein, with rice.
Favorite cities for food? Salvador, Brazil. New York. Kyoto, Japan.
Favorite splurge? Chicken and waffles, ice cream and dessert of any nature, particularly with chocolate.
What catches your eye on a menu? Probably price first, but I generally check out the specials or chef’s choices, then hit my default sections like the salad area.
What’s always in your fridge? Spinach, coconut milk, yogurt and leftovers.
Describe your personal style. I’d say I’m pretty eclectic. I like to mismatch in a particular way that highlights textures one day or patterns the next. I like dark colors in the fall and winter, and bright ones in the spring. Although, black is always my go-to staple. I like vibrant prints, head wraps and accessorizing with glitter. People like to call me “space opera princess” and I think that sums it up nicely.
Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly? A black skirt, my space themed platforms and an oversized, army green button-down that has patchwork on the back. Also, glitter.
What is your most recent purchase? A vintage, two-paneled gown.
Style icon(s)? Betty Mabry, Solange, Lisa Bonet as Denice Huxtable, Erykah Badu and Sun Ra.
5 things you can’t live without.
- My leather sandals, which are good with socks or au natural.
- My silver collection.
October 4, 2014 § Leave a comment
I work in a wild restaurant. There are a thousand bodies coming and going.
It is always busy and there will probably be a line out the door. Entering the dim, glowing establishment, one is likely to happen upon Amy. She will instantly make you smile.
She is petite, yet she is giant. Her personality and attitude are the most amazing. The more I get to know her, the more I see how truly talented, creative and hilarious she is. Amy Dug. Lady Duggy. Whatever you end up calling this glittering, musical delight: she is superb.
So, as my first GRUB & GARB profile, I could not be more excited. Drumming, grooving, styling on her roller-skates—this girl is a shimmering sight.
NAME – Amy Duggy (Lady Dug) AGE – 24 OCCUPATION – Musician, waitress and host
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? My ideal soul food day would consist of Puerto Rican comfort food all day long! Fresh fruit, guava and a cheese pastelito (baked puff pastry). For breakfast, a café con leche. Plus, some freshly baked, sweet bread from a panadería. I wake up famished most mornings.
For lunch, a fried feast of alcapurrias (fritter dish), empanadillas and coquito (eggnog like beverage) to drink!
For dinner, arroz con gandules (rice, pigeon peas and pork), lechón (pork dish), yucca mofongo (root vegetable mash) and fried breadfruit.
Limber for dessert (flavored ice).
Favorite cities for food? Arecibo, Puerto Rico and Chicago, Illinois.
Favorite splurge? Eating out and retail therapy.
What catches your eye on a menu? Breadfruit and salted cod fish.
What’s always in your fridge? Butter and bread.
Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly? Black skater skirts and thigh-highs.
What is your most recent purchase? Blue jelly platform shoes.
Style icon(s)? Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Anna Karina, Sun Ra, Erykah Badu and Yukimi Negano.
5 things you can’t live without. I’d like to think I don’t need anything, but right off the cuff…
- I totally can’t live without my prescription glasses.
- My kick drum.
- Glitter jewels and gems.
- My kitty, Badu.
- My baby blue, galactic star, heelless heels.
September 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
name – Zoë Sessums age – 24 occupation – student/server
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? I would wake up to the smell of coffee brewing (i.e. I would not have to do a thing). My latest love is a few ounces of Café Bustelo (Cuban-style espresso), a spoonful of brown sugar, a tall class of ice and the rest of the cup filled with creamy, cold unsweetened vanilla almond milk. With a little coffee in my system I would move on to breakfast. Eggs. Fresh avocado. Perfectly ripe tomatoes. Maybe some wilted, garlicky greens. I would love to balance all that out with a perfect Belgian waffle or a pancake with too many things in it like bananas, semisweet chocolate chips and blueberries. Honey on top, please.
For lunch I would have a nice giant salad with a mountain of fresh vegetables. A tahini ginger dressing or some other tart and savory creation. Some blackened salmon or fresh seared Ahi tuna. I warm wedge of crusty sourdough on the side.
If the day was ideal I guess I would eat a chocolate chip cookie the size of my face. Crisp edges and gooey, chocolate-filled center. Some flakes of sea salt on top truly punches it up a notch.
I would drink so much perfectly cold water. Water is my superpower.
Dinner, oh dinner. I could dream up so many different routes for dinner. I do not live near any Ethiopian places currently, but that is one of my great loves. An Ethiopian vegetarian platter. I love the injera on the bottom of the plate, when it has soaked up all the flavors of the different spices and sauces.
Of course there will be more dessert. Ice cream. Anything with hunks or chucks or swirls of chocolate will be perfect.
Favorite cities for food? San Francisco blew my culinary mind. Every corner held a new cuisine that excelled in preparation and presentation. Plus the desserts equal heaven. Favorite splurges? The restaurant I work at has the best cakes ever. Consistently and constantly. Ever too often I bring home a slice after work and eat some as I unwind or eat some for breakfast, or eat a bite throughout the day. Vegan chocolate cake, carrot cranberry cake, peanut butter pie, pumpkin cheesecake… everything is made to perfection.
What catches your eye on a menu? As a lover of greens, I always see if the place has some new and interesting way to serve a vegetable. In Baltimore, I had a kale salad with buttermilk dressing and savory granola. The newness really got me excited and it tasted incredible.
What’s always in your fridge? I always have lettuce, eggs, ice cream and avocados.
Describe your personal style. Eclectic. I go through phases of favorite outfits. I tend to keep a heavy rotation of comfortable and classic pieces: jean shorts, a chambray shirt, a plaid shift dress. Though I love to pull out vibrant pieces every so often. My red ankle boots with gold studs are show-stoppers, they are equally “me.” Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly? In the summer I live in cut-off shorts and dainty gold chain necklaces. In the winter I love big slouchy sweaters that feel like a warm hug and my rotation of thick, wool socks.
What is your most recent purchase? I recently bought a turquoise, purple and blue plaid dress. I bought it from Flashbacks, a consignment store. The dress is very boxy and very short and feels like I can wear it for anything and with anything.
Style icon(s)? I love the wild clothing combinations that Leandra Medine, of Manrepeller, creates. I love those classic iconic women like Jane Birkin and Twiggy. I love young groundbreakers like Tavi Gevinson. Socialite Olivia Palermo always looks polished. The Olsen twins are always pushing the envelope yet looking so cozy.
5 things you can’t live without.
- My loves (family & friends & animals)
- Sweet treats